Bare bones Hailsham earn point at Brighton

Brighton Men’s 3rd  XI Hailsham Men’s 1st XI 3

HAILSHAM made the trip to Brighton this week, with a side fielding only the bare 11 players.

Hailsham made a poor start in bitter conditions, and went a goal down early on. Hailsham then fought back and won a succession of short corners thanks to work from Dan Ivemy and Rob Lee.

After a venomous flick from stand in centre midfielder Sam Headey, the ball was turned in by George Cyster to draw the team level.

Just before the end of the half, Hailsham lost concentration and the home side took advantage and grabbed the lead once more. Hailsham drew level again in the second half, after Cyster buried a rebound from Lee Humber’s strike. The match became a midfield battle, but despite this Brighton took the lead for the third time with two quick goals, and despite a last minute penalty flick from Cyster to grab his hat-trick, Hailsham couldn’t draw level for a third time.

Hailsham slip to seventh place below Brighton and Eastbourne 2nd XI who they play next week.

Hailsham Men’s 2nd XI 5 Eastbourne Men’s 5th XI 2

HAILSHAM dominated this friendly local derby but twice slipped up through a lack of marking to allow Eastbourne two goals.

Hailsham’s chances were taken by Micky Buckingham with two great short corner strikes, and a further short corner goal from Kim Cyster. In open play Mark Patton once more scored and the returning Ian Johnson (back after a 10 week injury lay off) marked his comeback with a good strike to rattle the backboards.

Hailsham Ladies’ 1st XI 2 Horsham Ladies’ 4th XI 0

HAILSHAM Ladies continue their stranglehold on the top of Division One with a workmanlike 2-0 win over Horsham.

In a slow sometimes turgid game Hailsham controlled the midfield offering little opportunities to Horsham.

Despite having at least 10 penalty corners, Hailsham’s usual routines could not find their way through the Horsham defence, and it took two well-taken goals in open play from Sue Cable and Katie James to seal the points.

The good news for Hailsham was the return of Sarah Haird after last week’s head injury; her midfield work rate along with Lyndsey Horne contributed significantly to another victory and three points. Closet rivals Burgess Hill maintained the pressure picking up three points against Eastbourne Swifts, leaving the gap between the two teams as nine points with the three games in hand still to Burgess Hill.

Hailsham Ladies’ 2nd XI 3 Crawley Ladies’ 2nd XI 2

HAILSHAM travelled to Crawley to play a team who, before Christmas, held them to a 0-0 draw.

With another altered line up this week Hailsham again started slowly and Crawley took an early lead. Hailsham started to settle and levelled almost straight away. The play was end to end with both teams testing the others defence and Crawley managed to take the lead through the most acutely struck shot that managed to sneak past keeper Jen Headey.

ut Hailsham kept pushing and managed to level before half time from a well-worked short corner routine.

After half-time Hailsham settled into the game pressuring hard all the time and as a result Crawley struggled to keep possession. Another great short corner routine Hailsham took the lead and although Crawley tested keeper Headey they could not get past her and her defence. Scorers were Rachel Hall (2) and Katie Stewart (1).

With Division 3 league leaders Lewes only managing a drawHailsham are now three points off the top spot and four points clear of third – and next week entertain the leaders Lewes in a game that may weel determine the league title with just two games remaining.

South Saxons 8

Hailsham Millers 0

THE size and strength of the Saxons boys was too much for the Hailsham players to overcome this week. Conceding five goals in the first half and three in the second, Hailsham were never really in contention. However, some superb hockey was played and was a delight to watch.

Great performances from Max and Harry Wootten, Kieran Gurr, Cameron Patton in midfield, along with defenders Toby Baker, Louis Whitliing, and Paddy Smith in goal, reduced Saxons opportunities to score on numerous occasions, but the sheer strength and speed  of the opposition was ultimately too much for the Hailsham youngsters.

Next up: Saturday: 11am Away Ladies 1st XI v Chichester Centurions Ladies 1st XI. 12pm Away Men’s 2nd XI v Crawley Men’s 3rd XI; 12.30pm Home Ladies 2nd XI v Lewes Ladies 4th XI. 2pm Home Millers Brighton and Hove Flippers; 3.30pm Home Men’s 1st XI v Eastbourne Men’s 2nd XI.

Sunday: 11am Home Mixed v Buxted; 1pm Home Mixed v Sainsburys charity match. Hailsham will be playing Heathfield Sainsburys in a charity match on Sunday in aid of Sport Relief.